By Anthony McClean, Editor In Chief Emeritus NEW HAVEN (BASN) —...
Aggie Beat Morgan State
NORTH CAROLINA—North Carolina A&T running attack was in great form once agan as running back Brandon Sweeney ran for 205 yards on 42 carries and the Aggies defeated Morgan State 40-33 in double overtime in the 2nd annual Prince George Classic in Landover Md. Sweeney fell 2 carries shy of tying the school record and scored four touchdowns in the exciting win over the Bears.
North Carolina A&T wasted no time getting on the scoreboard needing just two plays to go 65 yards and take a 7-0 advantage just 26 seconds into the game and jumped out to a big lead of 25-8 after the first quarter. The Aggies’ first play was a 62-yard completion to Chaz Walls on a halfback pass from Sweeney, who earned MVP honors of the Classic down to the three yardline. Aggie quarterback Orrick Watkins took the snap and nearly walked into endzone on the left side for a three-yard touchdown.
After the A&T defense forced a fumble on Morgan’s first offensive possession, the Aggies went back to work at the Bears’ 29-yardline and five plays later Sweeney scored on a 16-yard trot. The kick was blocked, leaving the score at 13-0.
The Aggies’ special teams unit provided the next score, as Brandon Trusty scored on an 88-yard punt return, giving the guests a 19-0 lead with just over eight minutes remaining in the opening quarter. Trusty took James Meade’s punt at the 12-yardline and went to his left where he later received a tremendous block at the 23-yardline which sprung him free and Trusty did the rest.
Sweeney scored his second touchdown of the game with a 12-yard run capping off a seven-play, 65-yard drive which took up 2:21 off the clock. The extra point would again be blocked by Morgan, making it a 25-0 lead for the Aggies.
Morgan State battled back that made Aggie fans worried when they scored on a quarter back keeper to make the score 25-15. Morgan then mounted another drive as the Bears caught the Aggies off guard with an onside kick and Aaron Moore made a diving catch at the Bears 48-yardline, giving the ball back with 4:58 remaining in the half. The Bears concluded the drive with a 31 yard field goal cutting the lead to 25-18 at halftime.
The Bears came to begin the second half like they ended the first scoring 20 seconds into the half as Jackson took a hand off up the middle and rumbled for 74 yards and a touch down making the score tied at 25 with almost the entire 3rd quarter left. N.C. A&T countered right back with its running game and featured back Sweeney. The Aggies went on a 10 play, 80-yard drive, resulting in a three-yard run by Sweeney. Trusty then fielded a high snap on the extra point attempt and ran it in for two-points, extending the Aggies lead to 33-25.
Morgan had one last gasp as Selby scored on a 23-yard runwith a 1:58 remaining in the game and then added the two-point conversion runto tie the game at 33 and send it into overtime.
The Aggies went to its workhorse in the overtime session as Sweeney scored his fourth and final touchdown of the game on a three-yard run to put the guest ahead 40-33 which prove to be the winning score and final score.
The Aggies move their record to 3-3(2-1 in the MEAC) and will face Delaware State in their Homecoming game this Saturday, 1:30pm at Aggie Stadium. The Bears return home next week for homecoming as they hostthe Bison of Howard at 1 p.m. at Hughes Stadium.